I told him to do this years ago.
“Ed”, I said, “None of these songs are going to get on the radio. People who get to your shows understand what’s going on, but the newbies need to get the whole package. Even the ones loving the albums don’t know they’re missing half the fun because the live show is the whole package. You have to get a DVD together or have your manager harass HBO or Comedy Central until they cave. It’s like nothing anyone else is doing!”
But nooooo, Ed decided to just record one incredible album after another, put about a billion miles on his odometer, play anywhere from your living room to a stadium and win over the whole goddamned world one mind at a time. And then just for shits and giggles, to create a one man show (The Terrorism of Everyday Life) that’s won awards around the world and then start recording a new song every day just because he can.
Ed isn’t Big As Life, he’s bigger. And the fastest right hand in rock.
He did throw me a bone a couple of years back with Rant & Roll.
But now, finally, 2010 will see a formal documentary called The Meeting hit the streets. Filming continues (there’s a four-camera shoot this weekend at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia!) but you can get a little taste of it here:
Watch the trailer for The Meeting.
So I guess my work is done – Ed finally “gets it”. (You’re welcome, people.) I now breathlessly await its completion and my certain to be meaningless Executive Producer credit.
But I’ll settle for a face solo.
Visit Ed’s website and MySpace site
30 Days in the hole
Ed Hamell – a/k/a Hamell On Trial – has blazed a phenomenal trail after a typical cover-band incubation period in sleepy Syracuse, New York. After assembling a dynamic rock/r&b band called The Works, he toured up and down the Eastern seaboard, baited pompous MTVeeJay Mark Goodman into a verbal fight (there’s no such thing as bad publicity, folks) and finally decided that as a solo act all the band members would show up at the same time and get along. Traveling from Albany to Austin to New York City, he’s gone from building a following from club residencies to walking away from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with it’s highest award.
I’ve waxed poetic on Ed before in the pages of Pop Culture Press and reviewed several his CDs over the years in various magazines. There’s no need for me to recant Ed’s history here because there’s enough ink about this one man dynamo all over Al Gore’s Internet. What I will tell you is that in any phase of his career, Ed has been all about perseverance and confidence. So it came as no surprise to me that Ed was challenging himself to write thirty songs in thirty days, and do it publicly, so you’d know he didn’t slack off like a wuss.
Therefore, my apologies to you for not posting this on Day One. Better late than never – how does Day Twenty sound? Songs with videos, very intimate, all over the map so far. I’m not sure if I like #19 best because it’s fresh in my mind, or because of the guest vocalist at the end of the song. But I’m sure you’ll have your own favorites!
Here are the first dozen.
And here are songs 11-20.
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